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12.12.2001

An exotic jailbird

   

Ludmila Nikulina, the wife of Aleksandr Nikulin, the major of Kirovograd, arrested three months ago for taking bribes, handed a complaint to the oblast prosecutor’s office and to the ombudsperson Nina Karpacheva. In this complaint she informed about the unbearable conditions of upkeep of her husband in the preliminary prison.

Representatives of the opposition are sure that the major’s arrest is connected first of all with his behavior at the previous presidential election, when he dared to support not Kuchma, but another candidate – Cherkassy major Vladimir Oliynik.

As Ludmila Nikulina wrote in her complaint, ‘the food is indigestible even for a healthy convict. Besides, electric energy in the cells is switched off regularly from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. since 15 March; running water is supplied only two hours a day’.

The health of the Kirovograd major has deteriorated. His wife said: ‘I was not permitted to see my husband for three months. There must be reasons for it. Maybe, if I see him, I will not recognize him. What remains to me is to guess.

I also have some reliable information from several sources that he is kept with people, who stay there for three years. They have been convicted for robbery. This is a clear violation of the law’.

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